What Zinedine Zidane ‘told Man Utd’ during personal phone call in international break

Zinedine Zidane is said to have told Manchester United that he is holding out for the France job amid reports he received a phone call from the Red Devils during the international break. Intriguing developments emerged from Spain last night, speculating that Zidane’s phone has been ringing on a number of occasions in recent weeks and it’s now just United that are interested.

The Frenchman has been unemployed since he left Real Madrid at the end of last season following his swift return to the club in 2019.

Zidane has been keeping himself busy upon his departure from the Bernabeu though, holding in Ibiza with his wife Veronique while also watching his son Luca play for Rayo Vallecano.

After a number of intense years at the helm in the Spanish capital, Zidane is understood to be in no rush to return to management.

His break after stepping down as Real Madrid boss in 2018 was cut short quickly after Florentino Perez pleaded with him to return to the dugout a year later.

Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda claims Zidane’s phone has been continuously buzzing in recent weeks, with United the latest side to call him during the international break.

Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle are also said to be keen on Zizou, who is not yet ready to commit to his next challenge.

The former Los Blancos and France midfielder is said to have rejected United and PSG, as he wants to hold out for Didier Deschamps’ job so he can manage the national team.

Inda said: “Zidane said no because his dream is to coach France and they have offered him double what he earned at Real Madrid.

“He tells everyone that his big dream is to coach the French team, but I see it complicated because it would have to be after Qatar.”